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Certificate III in Individual Support - Disability



Develop the skills to care for those within the disability sector.

The Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability) is designed to provide training to entry-level workers wanting to start a career as a care worker.

Course Duration

53 weeks

Course Type



Wednesday 7th February in Yarrawonga, 27th February in Wodonga, 13th March in Cobram


9:00 am
to 3:30 pm


Trudi Butts, Tania Golley, Bernadette Harbrow

1 day per week in the classroom - 9.00am to 3.30pm.

1 – 2 days per week of online independent study via our Moodle.

This course is considered full-time for Centrelink purposes.

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

This training is delivered to eligible students with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.


You must have personal access to:

  • A digital device such as a computer or laptop with webcam capabilities for participating in virtual meetings with your assigned trainer and assessor
  • A reliable Internet connection
  • Speakers or headphones to watch and listen to videos provided as part of the learning materials in Moodle
  • Software applications such as Word
  • An active email account for communication and scheduling

NOTE: These requirements are essential for engaging in this qualification. YMCLC will not provide these for you during your enrolment with us.


CHC33021 Certificate III in Individual Support - Disability provides a pathway to CHC43121 Certificate IV in Disability Support.


This course will train you for entry-level disability support positions where you will learn:

  • About the human body and how to support its healthy functioning.
  • How to facilitate the empowerment of people with disability and tailor their support.
  • How to work with people with mental health and/or alcohol/drug issues.
  • Tools to communicate and collaborate effectively with clients, families and co-workers.

Within the course you will learn how to provide physical, social and emotional support to the disabled, as well as how to work as part of a team with other health professionals such as nurses and healthcare workers.
Throughout your training, the focus will be on empowering you with the knowledge and competencies required by disability support workers to deliver individualised person-centred support to people who may require assistance due to disability in community or residential based settings.
You will be taught how to use discretion and judgement in relation to providing this support and to take ownership of tasks and outcomes.

Core units

  • CHCLEG001 Work legally and ethically
  • HLTWHS002 Follow safe work practices for direct client care
  • CHCCCS031 Provide individualised support
  • CHCCCS041 Recognise healthy body systems
  • CHCCCS040 Support independence and well-being
  • HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
  • CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
  • CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
  • CHCCCS038 Facilitate the empowerment of people receiving support

Disability Units

  • CHCCCS044 Follow established person-centred behaviour supports
  • CHCMHS001 Work with people with mental health issues
  • CHCAOD001 Work in an alcohol and other drugs context
  • CHCDIS011 Contribute to ongoing skills development using a strengths-based approach
  • CHCDIS012 Support community participation and social inclusion
  • CHCDOS020 Work effectively in disability support

There is a mandatory 120 hours of Practical Work Placement that must be completed for this course.

  • A pre-training review must be attended prior to enrolment to determine whether this course will suit the individual learner. During this review we conduct a LLND (Language, Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Skills) Assessment to ensure that individuals have sufficient skills to be able to cope with the content of the course, including the online aspects.
  • Learners must meet the Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills standards for Certificate III in Individual Support level study.
  • Learners must obtain a National Police Records Check and a Working with Children Check prior to work placement
  • Learners must be at least 17 years of age and be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • People with a disability are encouraged to apply. Approval will be subject to the person being able to undertake all tasks and requirements of the course.
  • COVID-19 double vaccination is mandatory for all students undertaking this course.
  • Up-to-date immunisation status for: Hepatitis B, Influenza, MMR (if non-immune), Pertussis (dTpa), and Varicella (if non-immune).

The method of assessment varies and can include (but is not limited to):

  • Observation in the workplace or simulated environment
  • Written tasks, including quizzes
  • Research tasks, including projects
  • Portfolios
  • Oral Presentations
  • Group Work

By successfully completing this course you will receive a nationally recognised AQF qualification.


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